Hilda van Stockum – Netherlands & International (1908-2006)

Funeral Mass in U.K.: There will be celebrated the life and memory of Hilda van Stockum with a funeral mass at the Sacred Heart Church, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, U.K., on Saturday, November 18, 2006, at 11 a.m. Following the mass, those who attend are invited to a reception at Garston Manor, Garston … Memorial Service in New York City: A memorial service is planned in New York City, probably in January after the first week. The date will be announced on this site and to those on the HvS email list. (See a long article on the Hilda van Stockum-Homepage).

Hilda van Stockum was an award-winning children’s author and illustrator whose books depicted family life in the Netherlands, Ireland, the United States and Canada. (On schema-root.org).

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Hilda van Stockum – Netherlands & International (1908-2006)

She won honors from the Newbery Medal committee in 1935 for her first book, “A Day on Skates: The Story of a Dutch Picnic.” Based on her own childhood experiences, the book contained illustrations by Ms. van Stockum and a preface by her aunt, Edna St. Vincent Millay. Ms. Stockum’s later books, which were written for children from the ages of 7 to 12, reflected the wanderings of her own families. “The Cottage at Bantry Bay” (1938) and two sequels were set in Ireland, where she spent part of her childhood. “The Mitchells” (1945) was the first of three books about a family like the one she and her husband reared; they lived in Washington, then moved to Canada. (Read all on NYTimes).

Bio: (Excerpt) … Hilda Gerarda van Stockum was born in Rotterdam in 1908. Her father, Abraham Jan van Stockum, was a naval officer and her mother, Olga Emily Boissevain, was the granddaughter of Charles Boissevain, a prominent Dutch newspaper editor. As a child, van Stockum grew up in Ireland and the Netherlands and traveled with her family to France, Switzerland, and the East Indies. Constantly filling notebooks with stories and pictures, she wrote and illustrated a book for her younger brother, Willem, when she was five. In 1932, in Dublin, van Stockum married the roommate at Trinity College of her brother Willem (a medal-winning mathematician famed among time-travel aficionados), Ervin Ross Marlin. Two years later, the Marlins moved to New York. Van Stockum taught at a Montessori school and published her first children’s book, A Day on Skates (1934). The book, which includes a preface by her aunt, Edna St. Vincent Millay, took Newbery honors in 1935. The family moved to Washington in 1935 when Marlin won by exam a U.S. civil service position in the Administration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt … (Read the whole Bio on the Hilda van Stokum-Homepage).

Hilda was the granddaughter of Charles Boissevain, editor of the Algemeen Handelsblad, an influential Dutch newspaper. She married Ervin Ross Marlin, a friend of her brother, mathematician Willem Jacob van Stockum in 1932. They had six children, who feature in many of their mother’s books. Religion: Although from a predominantly Protestant background, Hilda was a staunch Catholic since her conversion in 1939. (See more on wikipedia/personal life).

See all her books on amazon, on alibris, on buried antiques, on library thing.

Short Review on Bethlehem Books: Love2learn.net is a Catholic company reprinting fine children’s books from the early 20th century. So those of Hilda van Stockum. Most books are not specifically religious, but provide excellent stories within a moral framework. Many good works of historical fiction. Check out their website for a special homeschool group discount. (See more on love2learn.net).

In the 1960s and 1970s, Van Stockum began concentrating on more ambitious painting projects and had shows of her canvases at galleries in Geneva, the Netherlands, Washington, and Ottawa. The Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin, which had made her an honorary member in 1984, presented a retrospective of her work in 1991. Her still life “Pears in a Copper Pot” was the subject of an Irish postage stamp in 1993. (See more on nysun).


on caygibson.typepad;


Ana Braga-Henebry’s Journal;

Pegeen on Semicolon;

Hilda van Stockum Papers.

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